FPL managers take note: Why Jack Grealish didn’t take Aston Villa’s crucial late penalty vs Wolves

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An insight into the current spot-kick pecking order at Aston Villa has this evening been provided, on the back of the Villans’ last-gasp win at Wolves.

Late drama decides it

Dean Smith’s men made the trip to Molineux earlier today, in their return to Premier League action.

The Claret and Blue had of course not taken to the pitch in two weeks, after seeing their scheduled meeting with Newcastle last weekend postponed on the back of a Covid-19 outbreak in Steve Bruce’s squad.

As such, with Villa somewhat lacking in match sharpness, and on the back of defeats in their prior two league outings, a tough afternoon was widely predicted for the visitors in the West Midlands.

As outlined above, however, when all was said and done, the Villans defied the odds, to secure an impressive 3-point haul.

A largely lacklustre affair when it came to clear-cut opportunities exploded into life inside the game’s final 10 minutes.

First, with 85 minutes on the clock, Douglas Luiz was given his marching orders, after picking up a second yellow.

Despite their man disadvantage, however, Villa dug deep, before being rewarded for their efforts with a chance to snag a victory deep into injury-time, after Nelson Semedo needlessly felled John McGinn in the home side’s box.

Anwar El Ghazi stepped up to slot away the ensuing penalty with aplomb, before Wolves’ afternoon went from bad to worse just moments later, when Joao Moutinho was also sent for an early bath.

El Ghazi > Grealish

On the back of the full-time whistle sounding at Molineux, however, whilst the Aston Villa faithful were understandably over the moon, one group left feeling rather hard done by were Fantasy Football managers.

Upon the visitors being awarded a late spot-kick, the eyes of Jack Grealish owners no doubt lit up.

This came with Ollie Watkins having fluffed his lines from 12 yards in the Claret and Blue’s previous outing versus West Ham.

In turn, upon Mike Dean pointing to the spot this afternoon, the widespread assumption was that Grealish was set to take responsibility.

In the end, however, as outlined above, Anwar El Ghazi was the man chosen to step up, with the results having spoken for themselves.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Anwar El Ghazi of Aston Villa scores a penalty for his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa at Molineux on December 12, 2020 in Wolverhampton, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 12: Anwar El Ghazi of Aston Villa scores a penalty for his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa at Molineux on December 12, 2020 in Wolverhampton, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

On the back of his match-winning strike, meanwhile, El Ghazi was, during a post-match interview, drawn on exactly how Villa’s penalty-taker at Molineux was decided on.

And the Dutchman went on to explain:

‘I think it was between Ollie (Watkins) and Jack (Grealish). I appreciate it, Jack gave it to me. I thought he would take it but he knew my ability of taking penalties. It shows he’s a good guy.’

Dean Smith was questioned on the same topic during a post-match interview of his own, with the Villa boss having added:

‘(El Ghazi) has good technique. We don’t get too many penalties. He took the last one against Man City and scored. So if he was on the pitch he would have taken it and if not, Jack (Grealish) would have taken it.’

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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